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Green Infrastructure Approaches to Managing Wet Weather with Clean Water State Revolving Funds

July 2008

This fact sheet provides local governments and stormwater utilities with information on how to use the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to finance green infrastructure projects. After a quick primer on green infrastructure and the CWSRF, the fact sheet details why the CWSRF is an attractive financing option for green infrastructure and which green infrastructure projects are eligible for CWSRF assistance, and provides case studies of how communities have used the CWSRF to finance green infrastructure projects.

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Adaptation: An Issue Brief for Business

July 2008

From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this publication provides an overview of adaptation from a business perspective. It describes potential impacts of climate change, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures. The report also summarizes intergovernmental efforts to promote adaptation in vulnerable regions and highlights areas in which business could have a role in promoting adaptation, both at community and global levels.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook

May 2008

This guidebook is a compilation of tools, techniques and policies that are available or could be developed by local governments to mitigate natural hazards. The strategies offered can be used to reduce the risks from coastal natural hazards such as storm surge, other flooding, subsidence and sea level rise, and are meant to serve as an extra layer of protection or another line of defense. Deemed a “self-help” guidebook, the strategies and techniques offer a flexible approach to be implemented by local governments and individuals without dependence on state or federal governments.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James G. Wilkins, Rodney E. Emmer, Dennis Hwang, George Paul Kemp, Barrett Kennedy, Hassan Mashriqui, Bruce Sharky

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Analysis of Coastal Climate Adaptation Strategies for Southeast U.S. Coastal Cities

April 25, 2008

This Master’s project identifies primary and secondary climate change impacts to coastal areas of the Southeast U.S.  The author proposes three resiliency criteria and applies this decision-making framework as a means of evaluating potential adaptation response strategies for sea-level rise. These criteria include adequate adaptive capacity, environmental sustainability, and the win-win nature of the adaptive measures.

Author or Affiliated User: Ulla-Brott O. Reeves

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Colorado Executive Order B007 08

April 22, 2008

Signed by Governor Ritter in April 2008, Executive Order B007 08 created the state's Climate Change Advisory Panel, and authorized the panel to make recommendations to achieve the goals of Colorado's Climate Action Plan, including mechanisms for adaptation planning. .

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Ahead of the Storm: Preparing Toronto for Climate Change

April 18, 2008

The Toronto City Council unanimously approved a comprehensive strategy to respond to climate change, known as the "Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan" in 2007. The development and establishment of a climate change adaptation strategy is one of the actions contained in the Plan. As such, this report provides a framework designed to help members of the public and other stakeholders engage in the process of formulating and implementing a climate change adaptation strategy for Toronto.

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Climate Change, Tropospheric Ozone and Particulate Matter, and Health Impacts

July 10, 2008

Because the state of the atmosphere determines the development, transport, dispersion, and deposition of air pollutants, there is concern that climate change could affect morbidity and mortality associated with elevated concentrations of these gases and fine particles. This report reviews studies projecting the impacts of climate change on air quality and studies projecting the impacts of these changes on morbidity and mortality. Specific attention is given to cities on the East Coast of the United States, and California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Glenn McGregor

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Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008

July 9, 2008

The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 (Act 70) established a Climate Change Advisory Committee for purposes of advising the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on implementation of the Act. These activities include, but are not limited to, the designation of a voluntary greenhouse gas registry, the delivery of a greenhouse gas inventory report, the creation of an impacts assessment and the development of a climate change action plan.

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Global Warming in the Free State

July 2008

This comprehensive climate change impact assessment was developed to support adaptation planning in the state of Maryland. It was prepared by a Scientific and Technical Working Group, by leading experts in the state in climate change and its impacts, including experts from the University of Maryland.  This assessment informed development of the state's Phase II Adaptation Strategy, A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change.

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FHWA - Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process

July 2008

This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks to advance the practice of transportation planning among state, regional, and local transportation planning agencies. In addition to identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, the report reviews related climate change impacts, and discusses how state DOT's and MPO's can consider these impacts in their long-range transportation planning, as well as in Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP). The report also identifies the successes and challenges experienced by numerous state and local agencies already incorporating climate change into transportation planning processes.

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